..Spotted..

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I always hear the burning question of how to wear leopard print in the Spring/Summer months and it’s very doable. It all depends on what kind of fabric your top or bottom piece is. Linen is great for the warmer months and so is sheer, free flowing blouses. On accessory items though, it works on all.

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You’ll find that most luxury designers use calf hair for their handbags and shoes. The high street shops such as H&M will use fabric. Which ever you choose, should work with you and your outfits. I on the other hand love quality bags because they do last a long time. But sometimes I make high street handbag purchases because it’s a trend. My shoes though, I tend to wait for a sale or buy high street as well because they will wear and tear a lot quicker.

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Leopard is definitely a bold print and it doesn’t work for everyone. But it’s a classic and can be worn year round. If you start small with the print on a wallet or a neck-tie scarf and work your way up, you’ll start to feel out how to couple pieces together. I typically form a bold print with a simple outfit or vice versa. On a more courageous scale, you can pair leopard with floral or stripes. But what ever you choose, wear it with confidence.
Thanks so much for reading and don’t forget to shop this look below. Happy Tuesday friends!

xx. Valentine

J.Crew Tunic (Similar HERE & HERE) | Zara Tulip Skirt (Similar HERE & HERE) | Valentino Rockstud Clutch in Leopard (Similar HERE & HERE) | Banana Republic Ankle Boots (Similar HERE & HERE) | H&M Waist Belt (Similar HERE)

Extra Petite // Floral Jumpsuit

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The struggle with being extra petite is finding clothes to fit exactly right.
Since the ninth grade, I have literally stayed the same height and weight. And I’ve always been told to shop in the little girl’s section, granted they have really cute pieces, but cute (as in 10 years old and two pony tails) doesn’t quite fit the mold when you’re 26.

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So I’ve found myself shopping in the juniors section on occasion because they fit well enough. What’s great now is how diverse the fashion world is becoming, to conform to ALL body sizes. So while that’s in the works, I’ll have to be patient and persistent still. But sometimes, surprises come knocking.

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Like this spontaneous shopping trip, where I finally find what I’ve been looking for the last two months. The floral jumpsuit was a great buy from Marshalls. It wasn’t overpriced (Marshalls never is which is fabulous) and then I tailored the bust area half an inch on each side to create a slim silhouette atop (before is was flowy, like a blouse). On the other hand, the bottom section didn’t need to be hemmed, which is rare since I stand at only 5’1/2″. With all the jumpsuits I’ve tried earlier this Spring, they all had at least six inches of extra fabric. So in all, I won that day fashion world!

xx. Valentine

Sienna Sky Jumpsuit (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Zara Pumps (Featured HERE) | H&M Shoulder Bag | BP Sunglasses (Similar HERE & HERE)

.. let’s salsa ..

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I absolutely love this hemline! It’s flirty, feminine and so sexy. It definitely makes me want to Salsa to Despacito. What’s more is this beautiful shade of red. H&M is at the top of their game with the Spring/Summer pieces this year!

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When I saw this across the store I knew I knew I had to have it, it was just a matter of how much wear I would get (the old age question I ALWAYS ask when purchasing clothes). Nonetheless. this is perfect for the spring months, and wedding parties. Or like I have it here, out on a casual shopping excursion.

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My wardrobe has never had so much color before but I’m liking the change. It makes me happier. Previously, I had streamlined, tailored  pieces with ninety percent neutrals. It was easier to maintain and shop for. Also, staying within color limits saved my bank account from shrinking (the frugal shoppers can relate to this). Now, it’s 40/60, with mostly black and white in the neutrals section and almost a full rainbow in the other. Change is good.

xx. Valentine

H&M Lace Dress | Zara Pumps (Featured HERE OR Similar HERE) | Charming Charlie Clutch (Similar HERE & HERE) | BP Sunglasses (Featured HERE OR Similar HERE)

“..a little Rome..”

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I stumbled upon this colorful alley while scouting for another photo shoot and I had to come back. While looking, I already mindlessly picked out this outfit while peeking through the little shops. It’s quaint and reminds me of something you’d encounter in Rome, Italy. But I have only seen the little roads and shops of Rome through pictures.

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Yet it felt like I went on a mini holiday somewhere. And that’s what’s great about spontaneous finds. You really never know where a paved road may lead you or if that coffee shop on the street will be your go-to. Even the little awning shading you from the sun, while sharing it with a stranger, and now you have become best friends.

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..to all the future places waiting to be found.
Thanks so much for reading friends! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

xx. Valentine

Forever 21 Off Shoulder Crop Blouse (Similar HERE & HERE) | Forver 21 Floral Shorts (Similar HERE & HERE) | Zara Crossbody (Similar HERE & HERE) | Zara Pumps (Featured HERE & HERE) | Ann Taylor Raffia Earrings

Boho Chic // Mango

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If you’ve seen the Chloe Nile, then you’ll know how similar this little dupe from Mango is. The Metallic Handle trend is huge right now and what’s better is how this bag can work on it’s own or with a scarf.

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I dilberated on adding the scarf because the handle is the focus of the bag. But I tied it on and it definitely told a different story. And this blouse I purchased last summer has worked through all seasons. I love it when I work an old piece into a new outfit.

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I’ve shopped so much online in past couple months that Mango definitely wins in the high street department for designer dupes. And it doesn’t remain permanant so you don’t feel the loss as the trend fades.
Though, I may forever carry this bag because of how unique it is. It’s also something that fits right into my wardrobe of semi-minimalist. I for sure cannot stop carrying it at the moment.
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Thanks so much for reading!

xx. Valentine

F21 Blouse (Similar HERE & HERE) | Levi’s 501 Denim Shorts (Similar HERE & HERE) | F21 Lace-up Sandals (Similar HERE & HERE) | Mango Metallic Handle Bag| BP Red Sunglasses|BP Paisley Scarf (Similar HERE)

..Ciao // Nine West Tatiana..

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These little beauties from Nine West have quickly become my new favorite heels. The trouble I always have with pointed pumps is how my feet slide forward, even when I’m wearing the correct size and appropriate height.
What makes these different is how narrow the sides are as opposed to other brands I own (for the record I don’t have narrow feet either). It keeps my feet planted, allowing me to walk without the shoe slipping off my heels. So where have these been hiding my entire heel career?!

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On another note, I read through quite a few reviews before buying these. One, because it’s not a neutral color and I had to make sure it would be worn more than once. Which is what I do with my all my shoes and clothes. Second, the length of time I could wear these before having to trade them in for ballet flats. And last, because the material is NOT leather nor suede, rather fabric (like a khaki/cargo jacket). A majority of the reviewers were discouraged upon receiving their pair.
But because I was trying to add color to my wardrobe, I made the investment. Therefore I began researching what I could use on fabric shoes. And voila! Here we have the ‘Jason Mark Repel’. On the bottle it reads “premium stain & water repellant”and I will say, this works like magic.
Other than the two hours I had these on for the shoot, I’ve been wearing them at home to break them in. I’m happy to say, I may have just found my go-to shoe brand for pumps.

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xx. Valentine

Forever 21 Off Shoulder Top (Similar HERE & HERE) | Levi’s 710 Skinny Denim | Nine West “Tatiana Pumps” | Michael Kors Clutch | J. Crew Honeymoon Earrings (also Featured HERE)| BITE Amuse Bouche Lipstick in SAKE

..sunsets & more..

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I love a perfect sunset that’s giving just the right amount of light. With the volume of rain I’ve seen in the last two weeks, I could not, not be outside and all smiles!
So here we in the middle of the week, just a couple more days and off to the weekend we go.
xx. Valentine
H&M Lace Blouse | Levi’s 710 Skinny Denim (Similar HERE & HERE) | Zara Crossbody (Similar HERE & HERE) | Zara Pumps (Featured HERE & HERE) | BP Sunglasses (Featured HERE OR Similar HERE & HERE)

City Affair

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It took me a few visits onto J. Crew’s website to finally make this purchase. The hesitation was about how much wear I would get out of this piece. Granted, J. Crew’s petite sizes some times still run big on me so it had my inner fashion guru shaking her head a little. After about the fourth visit, I threw it into my basket and paid away.

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Upon it’s arrival and undoing the packaging, I thought about WHY I took so long to buy this! It was incredibly gorgeous and I foresaw the many outfits I could pair this trench with.

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So I’ll just say, a little leap of faith was all it took. Fashion is definitely finding something unexpected between the racks.

xx. Valentine

J. Crew Trench | Banana Republic Sweater (Similar HERE & HERE) | Paige Skinny Denim (Similar HERE & HERE) | Zara Pumps (Featured HERE & HERE) | Zara Crossbody (Featured HERE & HERE) | BP Paisley Scarf (Similar HERE & HERE)